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How can I safely splice wires inside a lamp?

I am making a Steampunk style lamp with black pipe. My intention is to use three lamp sockets as part of the design. I will have one cord coming out of the lamp as the plugin. However, I am not ...
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What should I do about damaged electrical conduit?

I'm adding an electrical line to my outdoor pool breaker box. I was digging near the box with a pickaxe (yeah, I know, stupid) and was trying to be careful, but I was not careful enough. I don't ...
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How do I wire magnetic door contacts?

I want to follow this project and install my own home alarm system based on raspberry pi. I m having some trouble in understanding the built-in alarm cables and connecting the magnetic door contacts. ...
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Why would a circuit breaker not trip if I accidentally shorted hot to neutral?

I am installing a set of recessed lights in a closet, replacing the existing fixtures one at a time. I removed power to the lights while installing each one by using the light switch, not the circuit ...
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Can I replace an electric range with a cooktop and separate oven?

I'm replacing an electric range with a cooktop and separate oven. I know an electric range runs off of one 220V power source. Do I have to run a separate 220V line from the fuse box to my kitchen for ...
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How can I 'share' lights between multiple circuits?

I am installing a rectangle of 3 x 4 recessed can lights in the ceiling and would like to have 4 separate circuits where each individual row of lights can be illuminated by its own switch. This means ...
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Can a laptop cause an AFCI to trip?

just stumbled onto this site and crossing my fingers that someone will be able to help. My problem is the tripping of an AFCI every 3/5 weeks when a 2nd TV is turned on. Sometimes soon afterwards, ...
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Lights wont turn off after switching dimmer types and changed again

Previous owners installed two wall sconces - one dimmer. That dimmer control plate broke/cracked (a glyder type) I have an Ariadni toggle that I would prefer. The glider had by looking 3 wires (single ...
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Pool pump plug trips when GFCI outlet receives power

I have a GFCI outlet out by my pool. I have a timer switch inside that sends power to that outlet. My pool pump has a plug that is GFCI (I assume that is what a plug is called it has a test and reset ...
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Can wireless ceiling fan controls work without a direct wire to a wall switch?

Is there a wireless controller that can control fan without the direct wire from switch to fan? There is direct power at fan, and direct power at switch but they are not connected together. Looking ...
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How should I replace a 6 wire, 12 gauge electrical outlet?

I am trying to replace a 15A electrical outlet. The existing one is attached to 12 gauge copper wire. There is a ground connection, one set of wire on the bottom screws, two sets of wire going into ...
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How do I ground a TV antenna on my shed with the cable running underground to my house?

I want to mount a TV antenna on my shed in my back yard and run the wire underground to my house. The shed is about 60 to 70 feet from the house. There is electrical service in the shed, but there is ...
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chirping sound i cant figure out where from [duplicate]

I have a chirping sound in my house that I cant figure out... So first I changed all the smoke detector batteries, still had chirps, then bought 8 brand new smoke detectors wired them all in , still ...
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Is it safe to leave light socket without a light bulb?

We have several light sockets with light bulbs, controlled by a single light switch. I don't need that much light, so I want to remove a couple of light bulbs from their sockets. Is that safe ? In ...
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Wiring a switched PIR light outside on 2 core t&e?

My builder has incorrectly fed 2 core and earth from the switch inside to where the light will go outside (and made good). I was planning to buy a outdoor light with a PIR sensor and have the switch ...
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Wiring electrical outlets from a single outlet

I'm building an entertainment center unit, and on the unit I want to embed wall outlets into it so I can plug things like my receiver, NAS, consoles etc in a clean method. I thought the entertainment ...
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How do I properly place devices in an electrical enclosure?

I have to put together an electrical enclosure that includes, some terminal blocks, fuses, a power supply (110-24V,3.2A) all of which will be used to provide power for a series of sensors and ...
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Why does my GFI keep going off? Is it dangerous?

I have a small condo with one bathroom. There is a GFI in the kitchen and bathroom. The GFI in the bathroom trips off on a regular basis. It started slowly (like 1/week) and now it happens multiple ...
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Which terminal should be used for a “C” wire when none are labeled “C”? Older electric furnace/heat pump

I have an all electric air handler/furnace connected to a separate AC unit and it is also a heat pump. I've purchased the latest and greatest Honeywell WiFi "Smart" Thermostat and it needs a C wire. ...
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Why is my voltage so low?

I have very low voltage at times hovering around 99v, usually when the A/C is on and everyone in my area is running theirs as well. I have 240v outlets for my appliances and wanted to know if there is ...
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Viewing cumulative electricity usage [closed]

The TED 5000C monitors real-time electricity usage. This, however, isn't so useful if plugged into, say, a fridge, where, presumably, the bulk of the electricity usage is going to come from when the ...
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How do I connect the second light fixture in this dimmer-controlled lighting circuit?

I just replaced two light fixtures in the front hallway of our new house and I'm having some issues. The two fixtures are connected to a dimmable switch and the light closest to the switch is ...
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TV Arcs with Cablebox through both Coax and HDMI

Here is our setup Outlet in older house that was replaced with a GFI last year. (no issues until recent) The GFI doesn't have a ground wire running up from the basement. Just the white and black ...
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TV Arcs with Cablebox through both Coax and HDMI [duplicate]

Here is our setup Outlet in older house that was replaced with a GFI last year. (no issues until recent) The GFI doesn't have a ground wire running up from the basement. Just the white and black ...
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Why shouldn't different types of bulbs be used in the same fixture?

Why shouldn't different types of light bulbs(i.e. incandescent, LED, cfl) be used in the same fixture? I read this under the CAUTIONS & WARNINGS section of the LED bulb packaging. ...Do not ...
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How hot can/should an outlet get?

While microwaving my dinner today, I measured the temperature of the outlet the microwave was plugged into. At the end of the 12-minute cook cycle, the hottest part of the outlet measured 160F. Is ...
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How do I connect my new chandelier?

I would like to connect a new chandelier to the ceiling of my bedroom. The ceiling box has two cables: black, white, ground - none of these is hot black, white, red, ground - black on this cable is ...
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Are licensed electricians required to perform code-compliant repairs?

A California licensed electrician replaced a circuit breaker for a friend. He removed the living room AFCI breaker and replaced it with a used non-AFCI breaker. When I heard this I was upset enough ...
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What will happen if I feed a device with two legs from the same phase?

What will happen if I feed a 208v baseboard heater with two legs from the same phase? What will happen if I feed anything that requires two legs with the same phase?
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electrical question involving earthing [closed]

This is not strictly a home improvement question but I'm trying to learn more about household electricity. I couldn't find a better place online to pose this question. Lets say I'm bonded to a pc ...
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Single pole circuit breaker won't close unless double pole above it is closed

I was trying to find out where a trip was in my house and turned off a double-pole breaker then a single-pole breaker. Went in reverse order to turn single-pole back on and it would trip back open ...
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How to reduce maximum power rating of dishwasher for use with photovoltaics inverter?

I have a photovoltaic power system and an inverter with an overall power rating of 1500 Watts. I want to connect a dishwasher which consumes 2200 Watts when heating the water. Question: What is the ...
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How to measure a hex or jam nut? [closed]

I need a jam/hex nut for the mic input for the below speaker. On the picture the connector have been pushed in because the nut is missing. Question It should be a 3/8-32 jam nut, but how can I ...
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Why do my lights not work? [duplicate]

I have three small recessed lights, set into a false ceiling where a mini-central air conditioning unit is set. The lights do not turn on. The lights are small E14 base mini-spots I replaced the ...
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What should I do if wire gauge is too large to fit into a screw terminal?

First time poster here. I am working on a robot controller that requires mains power. I was provided 10AWG wire (the unit recommends 14-10AWG, and this is National Electric Code FTR). I took out the ...
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How do I wire up a 4-wire dimmer switch when I only have two 2 wires from the wall?

I'm replacing (yet again) my bathroom dimmer switch. The old switch had 3 wires: 2 black and one green. The two black wires were attached to the wires coming out of the wall and the green wire was ...
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bath exhaust fan light combo

I have a bathroom fan light combo controlled by a rotary timer. Can I get the light in the fan to operate with the switch for the vanity light in the same bathroom? Both switches are side by side.
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What should I do about nonmetallic sheathed cable that was wet?

The wire running to my dryer (240V) got wet from a leaking AC window unit directly above on second floor and tripped the breaker. I saw the ground wire paper was damp after removing the outlet cover ...
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How can I wire switch to convert a regular outlet to half switch?

I have a junction box with 2 switches: - Right switch controls the ceiling fan. - Left switch does nothing, but the black(hot) wire is labeled "Fan". The white neutral wire is not attached. I'm ...
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What is wrong with this panel wiring?

I have a main breaker panel downstairs, and a subpanel upstairs. After I hired an electrician to rerun the service entry cables, nothing upstairs is right, and all the upstairs lights blew as soon as ...
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Re-wiring a bathroom

So I have a bathroom that I am going to remove the old wiring, add a new breaker and pull new wire to from the breaker panel the bathroom. I want to install an exhaust fan and a vanity light on the ...
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Code compliance for outdoor 20 amp receptacle?

Looking to add a 20 amp receptacle on the outside of my house, on a separate circuit. I don't know what NEC codes to look out for. It will be on the outside wall of the house, if that helps. The code ...
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Lighted bookcase with capacitive touch hinge

A while ago I saw a lighted bookcase at a furniture store whereby you could turn its lights on and off (actually dim them by a couple of levels), just by touching one of the hinges on one of the ...
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Why did the neutral wire burn out in my electric shower?

I've had my shower fitted for about 3 years and just yesterday it went bang and stopped working. (My wife was using it and says there was a blue flame!) When I checked inside the unit I saw that the ...
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What's the easiest way to reframe a portion of a wall with minimal disturbance to the electrical lines?

I'm in the process of remodeling a bathroom and need to re-frame a portion of the wall that had water/termite damage. The wood work itself shouldn't be too hard but there are romex lines running ...
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How do I wire a light controlled by two switches?

The ballast in one of our oldest florescent lights finally died, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to replace it. The wiring was a bit of a jumble (I should have taken a photograph). We ...
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How to install ceiling light where there previously was none?

I want to install ceiling lights in two upstairs bedrooms in my house. There is a light-switch on the wall that turns power on and off to one of the electrical outlets. I would be perfectly happy to ...
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What is the proper way to leave unused nonmetallic sheathed cable inside walls or ceilings?

The question pretty much sums it up. I nailed through a live wire in my ceiling. Rather than splice it and install a jbox, I ran a new run to the outlet. However, I took a slightly different route ...
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Door open lightswitch for sliding closet doors

My closets are the kind with door doors, either of which slides to the side, overlapping the other. I'd like to have the light inside the closet come on when either of the doors is opened. This is for ...
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Use of combination CAFCI and GFCI breakers instead of recepticles

I am about to begin a project that will include one or two new circuit for outdoor lights and receptacles attached to the main building. I will probably installing a new home run line from the panel ...